Will renewed talks ease tension on the Korean peninsula? - Inside story

Next Tuesday North and South Korean officials are scheduled to meet for the first time in two years.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un started off 2018 by extending an olive branch to the country's southern neighbour. That initiative led to the first use of the so-called 'hotline' telephone system connecting the two governments in two years. Pyongyang has now agreed to a South Korean proposal that the two sides meet on January 9. The meeting will take place at Panmunjom, a set of buildings in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two countries that has been used for decades as a venue for talks.

Even now, the two sides differ over what they plan to discuss. Pyongyang says it wants to talk about involvement in the Winter Olympics, which are set to take place in the South Korean resort town of Pyeongchang next month. South Korean President Moon Jae-In says the meeting should also include talks on North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

So how much can Tuesday's talks really achieve?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


In-Bum Chun - Lieutenant General (Ret.), South Korean Army

Michael Penn - President, Shingetsu News Agency.

Aidan Foster Carter - Leeds University.

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